servile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English servyle, from Old French servil, servile, from Latin servīlis, from servus (slave).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɜː(ɹ).ˌvaɪl/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsəɹ.vəl/, /ˈsəɹ.ˌvaɪl/

Adjective[edit]

servile (comparative more servile, superlative most servile)

  1. Of or pertaining to a slave.
  2. Slavish or submissive.
    Synonym: abject
    Antonyms: arrogant, authoritarian
    servile flattery    servile obedience
  3. (grammar) Not belonging to the original root.
    a servile letter
  4. (grammar) Not sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceding vowel, like the e in tune.

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Noun[edit]

servile (plural serviles)

  1. (grammar) An element which forms no part of the original root.
  2. A slave; a menial.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin servīlis.

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servile (plural serviles)

  1. servile, slavish, subservient

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin servīlis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /serˈvi.le/
  • Rhymes: -ile
  • Hyphenation: ser‧vì‧le

Adjective[edit]

servile (plural servili)

  1. servile

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Latin[edit]

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servīle

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of servīlis

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Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

servile

  1. Alternative form of servyle